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Food Banks – Crumbs from the Rich Man’s Table.

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Crumbs from the Rich Man’s Table.

“We are often told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best amongst the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, discontented, disobedient, and rebellious. They are quite right to be so. Charity they feel to be a ridiculously inadequate mode of partial restitution, or a sentimental dole, usually accompanied by some impertinent attempt on the part of the sentimentalist to tyrannise over their private lives.

Why should they be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table? They should be seated at the board, and are beginning to know it.”

Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism.

The Guardian reports.

Local authorities are preparing to invest in charity-run food banks to cope with an expected deluge in demand for crisis help from low income families hit by welfare cuts, raising the spectre of depression-era US “breadlines”.

Cuts next year to the social fund, which provides emergency aid to vulnerable people, mean that from April 2013 many councils will no longer be able to provide cash help to applicants. Instead they will offer “in kind” support such as referring clients to food banks and issuing electronic food vouchers.

The move, which is being considered by both Labour and Conservative councils as well as the Welsh government, will for the first time build voluntarily donated food distribution into mainstream welfare provision, and will be regarded by critics as a dramatic substitution of the state’s obligations in favour of ad hoc voluntary assistance.

There has been rapid expansion in food banks over the past two years in response to growing numbers of people unable to feed themselves or their families as a result of rising living costs, shrinking incomes and welfare benefit cuts.


Written by Andrew Coates

August 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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  1. Good and truthful article.


    August 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  2. And meanwhile, the NEETS in London will be forced into workfare in the latest “crackdown” on the workshy. See:


    Quote of the century comes from Grayling: “The usual suspects will cry ‘slave labour’. They always do … In an ideal world, no one should get something for nothing”.

    What has Mr Grayling got to say about the greedy employers who will benefit from “something-for-nothing labour” under these latest proposals?


    August 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    • Still on the NEETS strory, Mr Grayling said: “It’s time to look at a different way in Britain. A something-for-nothing culture does no-one any favours.”

      Except, Mr Grayling, a something-for-nothing culture will favour greedy workfare employers!


      August 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

  3. Over the years I’ve heard and read plenty about the Loony Lefties, but what about the Toys-In-The-Attic Tories? Social Darwinism, quite literally with a vengeance:


    Cue a comment from a certain elderly female relative of Andrew Coates. Sink your teef into ‘em, Granny. Bite ‘em on the bum.


    August 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    • “The talented and hard-working have nothing to fear,” says Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, with just the faintest hint of menace.”

      Yes, it’s the old Tory mantra of Self-reliance, hard work, initiative, thrift and enterprise again.

      But looked at another way, we read a different message:

      S elf reliance
      H ard work
      I itiative
      T hrift
      E nterprise

      See it now? For those who still don’t see it, just take initial letter of the five words displayed above, and read these initial letters vertically downwards!


      August 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

  4. No one should get something for nothing – the ideal way for today’s school-leavers to learn this is to provide their labour to an employer for no charge.



    August 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • Very dry, Brennan. Are you the (secretly subversive) speechwriter for Chris Grayling, by any chance?


      August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • Hmm…you haven’t posted on ID for some time…have you been banned for challenging the prevailing ideology?

      It’s a shame you’re no longer employed in the Welfare-to-Work Industry. I wanted to ask if you would consider joining the Institute of Employability Professionals, just so you could report back on everything that’s being said on the Members Only Forum regarding all those nasty, surly, feckless, vicious, unwashed, noncompliant, good-for-nothing unemployed scroungers standing in the way of providers reaching their targets and claiming their outcome payments.

      I burn with curiosity. Well, not really, but I like a good laugh from time to time.


      August 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      • Since ID officially became an outpost of Totalitarianism and decided to ban all independent thought I haven’t been much inclined to visit.


        August 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    • Ignorant bastard


      August 30, 2012 at 12:56 am

  5. This is going to be the grimmest winter in living memory for the disabled,the disadvantaged,benefits recipients.
    Then,next year,it gets worse. The year after,even more terrible.
    I have been telling people for a long time now that we have a nascent Nazi ‘government’ in our ConDemNation. That message is finally gaining traction as the body-count rises.
    If you don’t learn from history you are doomed,at least,to watch it repeat itself ; it must be remembered that,in Nazi Germany, Hitler & his gang were voted into power. And they did not start their eugenics programme with people of the Jewish faith; they started with the disabled. Ergo,the black triangle.
    This shower of shit,across the spectrum,in Westminster have certainly studied history and the lessons they have taken are, first, get much better PR professionals on board ; secondly, don’t build camps (not yet…that could well come ),just let people kill themselves or die in the streets,or suffer in silence and despair. Thirdly, keep smiling and ridiculing ANYONE who calls you to account.
    And lastly, don’t stop until you’ve genetically cleansed the country until all that is left is a mirror image of your own twisted selves.
    This is the rapidly evolving ‘harsh measures’ we are experiencing in this helter skelter brutal society, built on greed, belligerence, intolerance.
    This is not ’1984′….it’s 2012 and it is far more sinister.


    August 30, 2012 at 12:52 am

  6. This week I asked the Jobcentre about food banks. They said the county only has one, run by a Christian place. They said I won’t get anything as you have to be homeless and a family and have had your benefits stopped. They told me to get my benefits stopped, in other words a Sanction. I refused. JCP said go to the Christian place anyway.
    I went, explained, then (next to posters for a homophobic organisation based there) was told to wait and someone would get me something. 6 hours later there was no food and a different Christian threw me out. I tried the Council the next day but they had not heard of any schemes.

    something survived...

    November 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

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